Disney Friends for Change: Project Green

Common Sense Media says

Easy-to-follow program offers everyday ways to go green.

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Positive messages

Disney sets a nice tone of environmental responsibility. Project Green kids who venture out onto the rest of the site will find the Disney.com chat rooms to be safe, friendly places to connect with others.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language

A profanity filter combs words in Disney's chat rooms (even the innocent "heck" gets red tagged). For optimum protection, parents can set the chat level to G-rated canned phrases such as, "How are you?"

Consumerism

The Friends for Change page is ad-free but the rest of Disney.com is not. Banner, pop-up, and video ads for games, movies, music, and even supermarket products like toilet paper will bombard those who venture off the green page.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this worthwhile initiative teaches kids how to reduce their carbon footprint.

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What's it about?

Launched June 1, 2009, Friends for Change: Project Green asks kids to help the environment in four key areas -- climate, water, waste, and habitats -- over the course of one year. Urged on by video plugs from teen Disney stars like Miley Cyrus, kids who complete specific projects such as switching to energy-saving lightbulbs get to vote on how Disney will divvy up $1 million in donations to environmental causes.

Is it any good?

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Disney's engaging online tools should make kids want to do their share to protect the planet. It's fun to check off action items and collect colorful environment trophies in the virtual backpack. The upcoming online reports about how Project Green members are making a difference should give kids a real-world sense of accomplishment, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it’s important to develop good green habits early in life and decide which of the Friends for Change pledges are practical to carry out. For instance, not all kids will be able to bike to school, but most families should be able to commit to washing full loads of laundry.

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old May 13, 2012
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disney friends for change

i have been bullied befor at school .I think it is good for some kids that gits bullied a lot at school and other places..................................
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Kid, 6 years old May 15, 2011
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Love it.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byemily_dawn16 September 15, 2010
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perfect for all (even aldults)

i love it it all from head to toe is very postive i aint no liar and i aint afraid to say it it is a great example for all ages my mom even watches it and would agree with me too and she is 42
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